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CE Marking

The CE Mark is the manufacturers guarantee that their product adheres to all the relevant directives and standards that are used to determine compliance.

It is therefore important to ensure the product fully complies with all relevant directives, legislation and codes of practice within your industry.

The advantage of the CE mark is that it ensures free movement of goods throughout Europe and proves that the product complies with the relevant requirements of the European Community.

Of course, the biggest difficulties are in knowing:

  • Which directives apply to the products?
  • Which standards apply
  • How to confirm compliance
  • Who to contact

Compliance with European Directives

The ‘New Approach’ Directives set out essential requirements, in general terms, which must be met before you can sell your products in Europe.

Published standards set out the technical details, and these are used to assess and test products to show that they meet the essential requirements in the Directive.

As well as ATEX, other prominent directives include:

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC Directive)

The design and construction of all electrical and electronic equipment to ensure that they do not cause, or are not unduly affected by electromagnetic interference.

Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

The design and construction of all electrical equipment to ensure that it does not jeopardise the safety of people, domestic animals and property.

Machinery Directive

Any necessary research of tests on components, fittings or the completed machinery or safety components to determine, whether by its design or construction, the machine is capable of being erected and put into service safely.

Manufacturers who need to comply with the Machinery Directive must also ensure that a technical file is stored at a location within the EU. Atlantic Management Consultant provides storage services for those clients outside of the EU, which ensure manufacturers can comply with the Directive.

Directive Type of Directive
2006/42/EC Machinery Directive
2014/35/EU Low Voltage Directive
2014/30/EU EMC Direcive
93/42/EEC Medical Device Directive
89/686/EEC Personal Protective Equipment Directive
2014/68/EU Pressure Equipment Directive
1907/2006 REACH Regulation EC
2011/65/EU RoHS – Restriction of Hazardous Substances – Directive
2012/19/EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
2014/34/EU ATEX Directive
2009/48/EC Toy Directive
1999/5/EC R&TTE Directive
94/25/EC Recreational Craft Directive
90/385/EEC Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive
93/15/EEC Explosive for Civil Use Directive
2000/14/EC Noise Emission in the Environment Directive
2009/142/EC Gas Appliances Directive
1995/16/EC Lifts Directive
2007/23/EC Pyrotechnic Directive
2004/22/EC Measuring Instruments Directive


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